I’ll show you how to replace a handheld shower head in less than 5 minutes! Upgrade to a better showerhead with lower water consumption today!
Over the past year, I’ve remodeled the half bathroom upstairs and the full bathroom in the basement. But the main bath sees most of the action, and hasn’t gotten any of the love! Today, I’m changing that by showing you how to replace a handheld shower head in three simple steps!
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Our main bath was last updated in the 80’s, but luckily the white and black tile is pretty timeless. One thing that desperately needed to be replaced was our old handheld shower head! It leaked and wasted a lot of water. Plus, it only had two settings: lackluster spray and dribble.
The adjustable vertical bar is bolted through the tile, so it’s staying put until we get around to remodeling the bathroom. But that doesn’t mean we have to suffer with this leaky, water-guzzling showerhead! Technology has come a long way since the 80’s, even when it comes to plumbing fixtures!
Pfister has debuted a new line of Vie showerheads with Hydrodrench technology, available exclusively at Lowe’s. See those larger nozzles towards the center? They form bigger water droplets in a more concentrated area, making your shower feel warmer and more luxurious. Best of all, even though it feels like there’s more water, you’re actually conserving it instead!
Ready to have a better shower experience while saving money, with just five minutes of work? Let’s do this!
Materials Needed to Replace a Handheld Shower Head
How to Replace a Handheld Shower Head
You can check out my quick video showing how it’s done, or follow the tutorial below.
Remove the old Shower Head
Handheld showers have a hose that connects the pipe in the wall to the showerhead. Follow the hose to where it connects with the wall. Usually it’s at head height, but our house is weird and has it positioned at waist height.
Clamp the adjustable wrench around the end of the hose where it meets the wall pipe, and turn it counterclockwise. Once it’s loose, unscrew it the rest of the way by hand until it comes off. Drain any water left in the hose before taking it out of the tub.
Clean Threads and Apply Plumbers Tape
My pipe didn’t have any plumbers tape to remove (no wonder it was leaky!), so I just wiped it down with a washcloth to remove any debris.
Hold the end of the plumber’s tape over the threads of the pipe, and wrap it a few times in a clockwise direction. This will ensure a watertight seal between the threads. Apply plumber’s tape to the bottom of the shower head the same way.
If your shower doesn’t already have a mounting bracket for the handheld showerhead, there’s one included with this model. Just screw the mounting bracket to the wall pipe, then attach the hose to the bracket as indicated in the instructions.
Screw the Hose and Shower Head in Place
Pop the black washer into one end of the hose, then screw it to the wall pipe. Turn on the shower water to flush the hose of any residue.
Then insert the other black washer with the mesh screen into the other end and screw the shower head on tight.
Pop it in the bracket and you’re done!
The HydroDrench setting feels like you’re standing under a waterfall! There’s also a massage, full coverage and power rinse settings if you want to change up your shower routine.
This is definitely one of the fastest and easiest DIY home improvement projects I’ve done. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get around to it! Even if you’re a renter, you can easily replace your handheld shower head and switch back when you move out. Don’t suffer with a mediocre shower head any longer!
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